Saturday, 15 January 2011

The Witch's Grave

In the churchyard at Woodplumpton, this large stone sits above the remains of one Meg Shelton. She was alleged to be a witch and responsible for all sorts of strange goings on. Hers was said to be an unquiet grave and she was seen a number of times after burial in 1705. She was, so the story goes, then buried face down and the heavy stone placed on top to prevent her escaping!

4 comments:

Gale Wall said...

Great find. I love finding old history / stories like this. Thanks for sharing!

Angie said...

very interesting! i love finding graves like this.

Christine H. said...

How interesting. I'd love to know more about her and why they assumed she was a witch.

Owen said...

Did she turn any princes into frogs ? Poison someone's apple ? What witchly deeds is she accused of... I'd never heard of someone being buried face down... that must have been considered a very grave sentence indeed. Although that rock doesn't seem heavy enough to keep a real witch down. She could just turn it into a mouse and see it scurry off. And who is still putting flowers on her grave three centuries later ? A latter day witch ?

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